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PSA Airlines President Dion Flannery

PSA Airlines President Dion Flannery

President Dion Flannery was recently featured on the cover of the Dayton Business Journal on November 13, 2015. Dion discusses the growth strategy of the Dayton-based PSA Airlines that oversees 2,500 workers and is the only Ohio-based airline in expansion mode.

The city-owned Dayton International Airport is building a new maintenance hangar for PSA following the opening of a new control center operations their earlier this year. PSA also will open a crew base at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport in January 2016 and is working to open a new maintenance base as well. In addition to Dayton, Cincinnati and Charlotte, PSA has a major flight crew bases in Knoxville, Tenn. and maintenance facilities in Akron. Due to this growth, PSA is recruiting pilots and flight attendants.

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PSA-ALPA ME Chairman Jason McConnell and PSA President Dion Flannery sign new Pilot Flow-up Procedure Letter of Agreement

Yesterday, PSA-ALPA MEC Chairman Jason McConnell and PSA President Dion Flannery signed the new Pilot Flow-up Procedure Letter of Agreement. Also joining them for the signing was PSA Negotiating Committee Chairman Robert Hamilton.

Dion signing agreement“We are pleased that we were able to reach this new agreement with our pilots that places into effect a new, streamlined path to American Airlines.”, said Mr. Flannery. He added, “We appreciate the leadership shown by ALPA and the support of the pilots helping make us the only regional airline that is growing and flowing.” 

The new agreement increases the number of pilots that flow to new pilot positions at American and removes many of the procedural issues normally required when applying for a pilot job at a mainline carrier.

With this agreement, a pilot who is embarking on a career with PSA now has a clear path to a pilot position with American, the largest airline in world. Learn more about becoming a PSA Airlines pilot.



PSA Airlines Charlotte Crew News and Town Hall

PSA Airlines President Dion Flannery invites PSA employees to join him for a Crew News briefing and Town Hall session in Charlotte on Tuesday, October 20th.   This is an excellent opportunity for employees to interact with Dion and leadership to share information and ask questions about PSA’s growth, latest news and updates.

The PSA Crew News event is open to all PSA crew members and will be held at the American Airlines Training Center room 272 at 9:40 a.m. This session is followed by a Town Hall session for all PSA employees which will be held in the CLT crew room at 11:30 a.m. These sessions will focus on PSA’s growth plan, airline performance and provide a platform for open discussion between leadership and team members. Employees are invited to bring their questions and utilize this opportunity to speak directly with PSA’s leadership.

Attendance for the PSA Airlines Crew News and Town Hall will be limited to PSA employees.

Pilot Profile- PSA Captain Brooks Butler

Brooks Butler pCaptain Brooks Butler is one of PSA’s many “Jack of all Trades.” As a captain, simulator instructor, part time pilot recruiter (and father of three), Butler has helped hundreds of PSA pilots in the year that he has been with the airline.

Butler came to PSA after flying for another airline- being unable to upgrade- as well as trying out corporate flying. Neither were a fit for his career goals or family life. So when a friend from flight school told him of the Simulator Instructor position at PSA, Butler made the switch.

“The biggest challenge of being a sim instructor is that you have to know the answers to everything- Every SOP, all the systems, how to operate the simulator. Every student is different. If they’re new to the airline world and have never been through training, they usually say it is harder than expected,” explains Captain Butler. “The best part of instructing is being a mentor. These are often 22 year olds who have the world at their fingertips. They’re going to be AA pilots in 5 to 6 years. I tell them not to screw it up.”

Butler extends this leadership when helping to interview and select PSA’s future pilots. “What sets PSA apart is the people,” he says. “And it all starts in the interview. We want to hire someone that will fit into the culture. We’re not just filling seats with those that can pass training. The goal when interviewing, and while training, is to be able to say I would put my family on an airplane with this person. Keeping it safe is the main priority.”

Know the Facts. PSA Pilot Hiring Update

PSA Airlines Pilot Hiring Facts October 2015

PSA Airlines Pilot Hiring Facts October 2015

Know the Facts! As of October 2015 PSA Airlines is looking to hire 1,000 pilots in the next 24 months. Key facts for regional pilots:

  • PSA is taking delivery of 60+ additional, confirmed aircraft
  • AAG’s designated Bombardier-specialized regional provider
  • Tentative agreement that converts to pure flow and incrementally doubles the number of pilots flowing through to American Airlines each month
  • The “training bubble” is far in the past. PSA is back on track with a 13 week In-Doc to Right Seat training footprint
  • In-house ATP-CTP program, including lodging, is aimed for November 1st of this year
  • Still the fastest growing regional airline today

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